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Sage
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Plant Care Instructions By Julie Bawden-Davis

Shrubby perennial plants from the Mediterranean region that produce culinary and medicinal sage. Generally grow 1 to 3 feet tall and 1 to 2 1/2 feet wide. Aromatic foliage is gray green and plants flower in late spring and summer in shades of lavender, red, pink and white. Plants attract hummingbirds, butterflies and bees.

Is Indoor Plant?

No

These month by month plant care tasks are for plants in the following zones :
Sunset Zones : 22, 23, 24
USDA Zones : 10a, 10b
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  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
  • January
    • February
      • March
        • Sow Seeds

            Sow seed in well-draining soil in a sun to part-sun location. Cover with a thin layer of seed starting mix and mist until soaked. Keep the area moist until seedlings emerge. Taper off on watering as the plants grow.

        • Pest/Disease Inspection

            Check for snails, slugs and aphids.

        • Treat for Pest/Disease

            Treat snails and slugs with manual removal by trapping them under newspaper and then disposing of them. Remove aphids with a strong spray of water; repeat, if necessary.

        • Harvest

            See pruning.

        • Special requirements

            Plants eventually become woody and require replacement every 3 to 4 years.

      • April
        • Buy

            Buy seed or transplants when available in the nursery or through an online merchant.

        • Plant

            Plant in well-draining soil in a sun to part-sun location with good air circulation.

        • Sow Seeds

            Sow seed in well-draining soil in a sun to part-sun location. Cover with a thin layer of seed starting mix and mist until soaked. Keep the area moist until seedlings emerge. Taper off on watering as the plants grow.

        • Fertilize

            Feed once with a well-balanced organic fertilizer.

        • Water

            Avoid overwatering, as sage is susceptible to root rot. Water when the top 2 inches of soil has dried.

        • Prune

            Prune for culinary or medicinal use when new growth appears. Avoid cutting into the bark, as this can cause die-back.

        • Pest/Disease Inspection

            Check for snails, slugs and aphids.

        • Treat for Pest/Disease

            Treat snails and slugs with manual removal by trapping them under newspaper and then disposing of them. Remove aphids with a strong spray of water; repeat, if necessary.

        • Harvest

            See pruning.

        • Special requirements

            Plants eventually become woody and require replacement every 3 to 4 years.

      • May
        • Buy

            Buy seed or transplants when available in the nursery or through an online merchant.

        • Plant

            Plant in well-draining soil in a sun to part-sun location with good air circulation.

        • Sow Seeds

            Sow seed in well-draining soil in a sun to part-sun location. Cover with a thin layer of seed starting mix and mist until soaked. Keep the area moist until seedlings emerge. Taper off on watering as the plants grow.

        • Fertilize

            If not done last month, feed once with a well-balanced organic fertilizer.

        • Water

            Avoid overwatering, as sage is susceptible to root rot. Water when the top 2 inches of soil has dried.

        • Prune

            Prune for culinary or medicinal use when new growth appears. Avoid cutting into the bark, as this can cause die-back.

        • Pest/Disease Inspection

            Check for snails, slugs and aphids.

        • Treat for Pest/Disease

            Treat snails and slugs with manual removal by trapping them under newspaper and then disposing of them. Remove aphids with a strong spray of water; repeat, if necessary.

        • Harvest

            See pruning.

        • Special requirements

            Plants eventually become woody and require replacement every 3 to 4 years.

      • June
        • Buy

            Buy transplants when available in the nursery or through an online merchant.

        • Plant

            Plant in well-draining soil in a sun to part-sun location with good air circulation.

        • Water

            Avoid overwatering, as sage is susceptible to root rot. Water when the top 2 inches of soil has dried.

        • Prune

            Prune for culinary or medicinal use when new growth appears. Avoid cutting into the bark, as this can cause die-back.

        • Pest/Disease Inspection

            Check for snails, slugs and aphids.

        • Treat for Pest/Disease

            Treat snails and slugs with manual removal by trapping them under newspaper and then disposing of them. Remove aphids with a strong spray of water; repeat, if necessary.

        • Harvest

            See pruning.

        • Special requirements

            Plants eventually become woody and require replacement every 3 to 4 years.

      • July
        • Buy

            Buy transplants when available in the nursery or through an online merchant.

        • Plant

            Plant in well-draining soil in a sun to part-sun location with good air circulation.

        • Water

            Avoid overwatering, as sage is susceptible to root rot. Water when the top 2 inches of soil has dried.

        • Prune

            Prune for culinary or medicinal use when new growth appears. Avoid cutting into the bark, as this can cause die-back.

        • Pest/Disease Inspection

            Check for snails, slugs and aphids.

        • Treat for Pest/Disease

            Treat snails and slugs with manual removal by trapping them under newspaper and then disposing of them. Remove aphids with a strong spray of water; repeat, if necessary.

        • Harvest

            See pruning.

        • Special requirements

            Plants eventually become woody and require replacement every 3 to 4 years.

      • August
        • Buy

            Buy transplants when available in the nursery or through an online merchant.

        • Water

            Avoid overwatering, as sage is susceptible to root rot. Water when the top 2 inches of soil has dried.

        • Prune

            Prune for culinary or medicinal use when new growth appears. Avoid cutting into the bark, as this can cause die-back.

        • Pest/Disease Inspection

            Check for snails, slugs and aphids.

        • Treat for Pest/Disease

            Treat snails and slugs with manual removal by trapping them under newspaper and then disposing of them. Remove aphids with a strong spray of water; repeat, if necessary.

        • Harvest

            See pruning.

        • Special requirements

            Plants eventually become woody and require replacement every 3 to 4 years.

      • September
        • Water

            Avoid overwatering, as sage is susceptible to root rot. Water when the top 2 inches of soil has dried.

        • Prune

            Prune for culinary or medicinal use when new growth appears. Avoid cutting into the bark, as this can cause die-back.

        • Pest/Disease Inspection

            Check for snails, slugs and aphids.

        • Treat for Pest/Disease

            Treat snails and slugs with manual removal by trapping them under newspaper and then disposing of them. Remove aphids with a strong spray of water; repeat, if necessary.

        • Harvest

            See pruning.

        • Special requirements

            Plants eventually become woody and require replacement every 3 to 4 years.

      • October
        • Prune

            Prune for culinary or medicinal use when new growth appears. Avoid cutting into the bark, as this can cause die-back.

        • Pest/Disease Inspection

            Check for snails, slugs and aphids.

        • Treat for Pest/Disease

            Treat snails and slugs with manual removal by trapping them under newspaper and then disposing of them. Remove aphids with a strong spray of water; repeat, if necessary.

        • Harvest

            See pruning.

        • Special requirements

            Plants eventually become woody and require replacement every 3 to 4 years.

      • November
        • December
          • Winter
            • Spring
              • Summer
                • Fall
                  • Buy

                    When's the best time to buy this plant? When can you buy these from seed (if you can)? When is it usually available? What are things to look for when you're buying it? Or anything other tidbit of information you can share!

                    •  Jan
                    •  Feb
                    •  Mar
                    •  Apr
                    •  May
                    •  Jun
                    •  Jul
                    •  Aug
                    •  Sep
                    •  Oct
                    •  Nov
                    •  Dec
                    • April

                      Buy seed or transplants when available in the nursery or through an online merchant.

                    • May

                      Buy seed or transplants when available in the nursery or through an online merchant.

                    • June

                      Buy transplants when available in the nursery or through an online merchant.

                    • July

                      Buy transplants when available in the nursery or through an online merchant.

                    • August

                      Buy transplants when available in the nursery or through an online merchant.

                  • Plant

                    When's a good time to plant this plant or bulb? Any special planting instructions?

                    •  Jan
                    •  Feb
                    •  Mar
                    •  Apr
                    •  May
                    •  Jun
                    •  Jul
                    •  Aug
                    •  Sep
                    •  Oct
                    •  Nov
                    •  Dec
                    • April

                      Plant in well-draining soil in a sun to part-sun location with good air circulation.

                    • May

                      Plant in well-draining soil in a sun to part-sun location with good air circulation.

                    • June

                      Plant in well-draining soil in a sun to part-sun location with good air circulation.

                    • July

                      Plant in well-draining soil in a sun to part-sun location with good air circulation.

                  • Sow Seeds

                    When can you plant these seeds? When's the best time? Can you start them indoors and move them out? Do they have any special requirements?

                    •  Jan
                    •  Feb
                    •  Mar
                    •  Apr
                    •  May
                    •  Jun
                    •  Jul
                    •  Aug
                    •  Sep
                    •  Oct
                    •  Nov
                    •  Dec
                    • March

                      Sow seed in well-draining soil in a sun to part-sun location. Cover with a thin layer of seed starting mix and mist until soaked. Keep the area moist until seedlings emerge. Taper off on watering as the plants grow.

                    • April

                      Sow seed in well-draining soil in a sun to part-sun location. Cover with a thin layer of seed starting mix and mist until soaked. Keep the area moist until seedlings emerge. Taper off on watering as the plants grow.

                    • May

                      Sow seed in well-draining soil in a sun to part-sun location. Cover with a thin layer of seed starting mix and mist until soaked. Keep the area moist until seedlings emerge. Taper off on watering as the plants grow.

                  • Fertilize

                    When should you fertilize this plant? Which kind of fertilizer do you recommend? Should you use different fertilizers at different times of year?

                    •  Jan
                    •  Feb
                    •  Mar
                    •  Apr
                    •  May
                    •  Jun
                    •  Jul
                    •  Aug
                    •  Sep
                    •  Oct
                    •  Nov
                    •  Dec
                    • April

                      Feed once with a well-balanced organic fertilizer.

                    • May

                      If not done last month, feed once with a well-balanced organic fertilizer.

                  • Water

                    Is there a time to reduce or increase watering? Any special requirements? Things to avoid during certain times of the year?

                    •  Jan
                    •  Feb
                    •  Mar
                    •  Apr
                    •  May
                    •  Jun
                    •  Jul
                    •  Aug
                    •  Sep
                    •  Oct
                    •  Nov
                    •  Dec
                    • April

                      Avoid overwatering, as sage is susceptible to root rot. Water when the top 2 inches of soil has dried.

                    • May

                      Avoid overwatering, as sage is susceptible to root rot. Water when the top 2 inches of soil has dried.

                    • June

                      Avoid overwatering, as sage is susceptible to root rot. Water when the top 2 inches of soil has dried.

                    • July

                      Avoid overwatering, as sage is susceptible to root rot. Water when the top 2 inches of soil has dried.

                    • August

                      Avoid overwatering, as sage is susceptible to root rot. Water when the top 2 inches of soil has dried.

                    • September

                      Avoid overwatering, as sage is susceptible to root rot. Water when the top 2 inches of soil has dried.

                  • Prune

                    When's a good time to prune this plant? How about deadheading, pinching back, trimming or any other grooming? Any special requirements?

                    •  Jan
                    •  Feb
                    •  Mar
                    •  Apr
                    •  May
                    •  Jun
                    •  Jul
                    •  Aug
                    •  Sep
                    •  Oct
                    •  Nov
                    •  Dec
                    • April

                      Prune for culinary or medicinal use when new growth appears. Avoid cutting into the bark, as this can cause die-back.

                    • May

                      Prune for culinary or medicinal use when new growth appears. Avoid cutting into the bark, as this can cause die-back.

                    • June

                      Prune for culinary or medicinal use when new growth appears. Avoid cutting into the bark, as this can cause die-back.

                    • July

                      Prune for culinary or medicinal use when new growth appears. Avoid cutting into the bark, as this can cause die-back.

                    • August

                      Prune for culinary or medicinal use when new growth appears. Avoid cutting into the bark, as this can cause die-back.

                    • September

                      Prune for culinary or medicinal use when new growth appears. Avoid cutting into the bark, as this can cause die-back.

                    • October

                      Prune for culinary or medicinal use when new growth appears. Avoid cutting into the bark, as this can cause die-back.

                  • Mulch

                    Does this plant need to be mulched? Are there specific types of Mulch which are better for this plant? How much?

                    •  Jan
                    •  Feb
                    •  Mar
                    •  Apr
                    •  May
                    •  Jun
                    •  Jul
                    •  Aug
                    •  Sep
                    •  Oct
                    •  Nov
                    •  Dec
                    • Protect

                      When and how should you protect this plant from birds, deer, rabbits? Does this plant need be covered, or wrapped or painted or moved?

                      •  Jan
                      •  Feb
                      •  Mar
                      •  Apr
                      •  May
                      •  Jun
                      •  Jul
                      •  Aug
                      •  Sep
                      •  Oct
                      •  Nov
                      •  Dec
                      • Pest/Disease Inspection

                        What are the common problems this plant will face and when should you look for them to appear?

                        •  Jan
                        •  Feb
                        •  Mar
                        •  Apr
                        •  May
                        •  Jun
                        •  Jul
                        •  Aug
                        •  Sep
                        •  Oct
                        •  Nov
                        •  Dec
                        • March

                          Check for snails, slugs and aphids.

                        • April

                          Check for snails, slugs and aphids.

                        • May

                          Check for snails, slugs and aphids.

                        • June

                          Check for snails, slugs and aphids.

                        • July

                          Check for snails, slugs and aphids.

                        • August

                          Check for snails, slugs and aphids.

                        • September

                          Check for snails, slugs and aphids.

                        • October

                          Check for snails, slugs and aphids.

                      • Treat for Pest/Disease

                        How do you treat the common problems for this plant? What products or concoctions or natural means do you use? Any special requirements?

                        •  Jan
                        •  Feb
                        •  Mar
                        •  Apr
                        •  May
                        •  Jun
                        •  Jul
                        •  Aug
                        •  Sep
                        •  Oct
                        •  Nov
                        •  Dec
                        • March

                          Treat snails and slugs with manual removal by trapping them under newspaper and then disposing of them. Remove aphids with a strong spray of water; repeat, if necessary.

                        • April

                          Treat snails and slugs with manual removal by trapping them under newspaper and then disposing of them. Remove aphids with a strong spray of water; repeat, if necessary.

                        • May

                          Treat snails and slugs with manual removal by trapping them under newspaper and then disposing of them. Remove aphids with a strong spray of water; repeat, if necessary.

                        • June

                          Treat snails and slugs with manual removal by trapping them under newspaper and then disposing of them. Remove aphids with a strong spray of water; repeat, if necessary.

                        • July

                          Treat snails and slugs with manual removal by trapping them under newspaper and then disposing of them. Remove aphids with a strong spray of water; repeat, if necessary.

                        • August

                          Treat snails and slugs with manual removal by trapping them under newspaper and then disposing of them. Remove aphids with a strong spray of water; repeat, if necessary.

                        • September

                          Treat snails and slugs with manual removal by trapping them under newspaper and then disposing of them. Remove aphids with a strong spray of water; repeat, if necessary.

                        • October

                          Treat snails and slugs with manual removal by trapping them under newspaper and then disposing of them. Remove aphids with a strong spray of water; repeat, if necessary.

                      • Transplant

                        When's the best time to dig up and transplant this from one spot to another? (This is different than planting). Any special requirements?

                        •  Jan
                        •  Feb
                        •  Mar
                        •  Apr
                        •  May
                        •  Jun
                        •  Jul
                        •  Aug
                        •  Sep
                        •  Oct
                        •  Nov
                        •  Dec
                        • Propagate

                          When's a good time to divide, take cuttings, layer or propagate this plant. Any special requirements?

                          •  Jan
                          •  Feb
                          •  Mar
                          •  Apr
                          •  May
                          •  Jun
                          •  Jul
                          •  Aug
                          •  Sep
                          •  Oct
                          •  Nov
                          •  Dec
                          • Harvest

                            When's a good time to harvest this plant? What's the best way to harvest? Are there special requirements or features?

                            •  Jan
                            •  Feb
                            •  Mar
                            •  Apr
                            •  May
                            •  Jun
                            •  Jul
                            •  Aug
                            •  Sep
                            •  Oct
                            •  Nov
                            •  Dec
                            • March

                              See pruning.

                            • April

                              See pruning.

                            • May

                              See pruning.

                            • June

                              See pruning.

                            • July

                              See pruning.

                            • August

                              See pruning.

                            • September

                              See pruning.

                            • October

                              See pruning.

                          • Special requirements

                            Any other requirement for this plant? Is there anything that doesn't fit into the other care categories?

                            •  Jan
                            •  Feb
                            •  Mar
                            •  Apr
                            •  May
                            •  Jun
                            •  Jul
                            •  Aug
                            •  Sep
                            •  Oct
                            •  Nov
                            •  Dec
                            • March

                              Plants eventually become woody and require replacement every 3 to 4 years.

                            • April

                              Plants eventually become woody and require replacement every 3 to 4 years.

                            • May

                              Plants eventually become woody and require replacement every 3 to 4 years.

                            • June

                              Plants eventually become woody and require replacement every 3 to 4 years.

                            • July

                              Plants eventually become woody and require replacement every 3 to 4 years.

                            • August

                              Plants eventually become woody and require replacement every 3 to 4 years.

                            • September

                              Plants eventually become woody and require replacement every 3 to 4 years.

                            • October

                              Plants eventually become woody and require replacement every 3 to 4 years.

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